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Wife, 18, In Custody Over Fire Probe

An 18-year-old woman is in Police custody for allegedly setting fire to the family home at Aralevu, Nadi, on Thursday afternoon. The five-bedroom home belonged to Vijay Kumar, the father-in-law
14 Nov 2015 10:30
Wife, 18, In Custody Over Fire Probe
Vijay Kumar points at their house in Aralevu,Nadi on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Luke Nacei.

An 18-year-old woman is in Police custody for allegedly setting fire to the family home at Aralevu, Nadi, on Thursday afternoon.

The five-bedroom home belonged to Vijay Kumar, the father-in-law of the suspect.

“The house was built last year and it hasn’t been one year yet. All the money for building the house has gone down the drain,” Mr Kumar said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said: “An 18-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly set fire to her husband’s home.

“The suspect is alleged to have committed the offence as a result of an ongoing domestic dispute.”

Mr Kumar said he asked his grandson, Juneti Sharma, 12, whose family lives close-by, to keep an eye on the house while he went to Sigatoka.

Juneti Sharma said he heard a big bang on the front door and upon checking, saw his aunt (the suspect) trying to break into the house.

“I was sitting at the back of the house when I heard my aunty trying to open the door. When I came in, I saw her shoes and then I ran to my mother to say that she was in the house,” Sharma said.

“By the time we came in, smoke was everywhere and we couldn’t put the fire out.”

Mr Kumar claimed that his son and daughter-in-law always had domestic disputes.

“They were always fighting and I don’t know what went wrong,” Mr Kumar said.

Ms Naisoro said the estimated cost of damage was at $100,000. Investigations continue.

Feedback:  luke.nacei@fijisun.com.fj



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